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    Thanks danotaylor, that looks much more appealing.

    Thank's for the compliment slick. I couldn't agree more about the blue bottom, poor colour choice. It wasn't so bad in the reef tank as it went purple with coraline algae. Anyway, its there to stay for a while yet.

    I still have a few more sizeable bits of wood, nearly sunk. I'm going to use them to add some height to the centre of the tank and hopefully get some appealing formations going. I'm also planning on shifting the rocks to the left, and rearrange them a bit too.

    I am going to get some more discus, maybe 4 -6 once I'm confident that the filter is handling the new loading

    Did some test today, all nitrogen parameters are reading 0, Currently dribbling about 400L of fresh water in the tank every day.

    What do your expert eyes think of the fish, do they look about right?
    My tank - http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showthread.php?135251-coopers-6x2x2&highlight=

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    Default Re: coopers 6x2x2

    No worries mate! I think your hard scape looks good too. Nice chunky cardinals. The discus are decent, and still have plenty of growing to do. With high protein diet and plenty of clean water which you're giving them they should grow out nicely! Just be sure to extract detritus that gets trapped under/around your hard scape so you don't get a high bacterial count down the road. Good work mate, look great!

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    Thanks I thought the discus looked OK when I purchased them, but I don't have much experience with them so I appreciate your opinion. Now it's up to me to do them justice.

    Would you believe that the tank doesn't trap detritus anywhere, I don't siphon it either. My return pump is rated at 14000 Litres per hour and its split into three outlets at the back of the tank, near the surface. They all point downward and into the back wall of the tank, then through the rock work. All of those cory's and bristlenose work the detritus furiously and it ends up being air lifted into the corner overflow (behind the big log) As a result, the water is always a tad chunky, but no worse than seen in the video. It might sound like a raging torrent of a fish tank, but the flow is tight against the glass and the bulk of the water has fairly gentle flow. I have to change the filter sock every day though. Probably a good thing so long as it gets done.

    My cardinals aren't chunky enough. The discus slaughter them for about 15 min either side of lights on, I'm not enjoying watching it much, my 4 year old daughter looses her cool big time. I think I'm down to about 25 from maybe 35. There are a few with holes in them too. I'm not sure if they are going to last, I might need a larger schooling fish or more clues about what I'm doing. Anyway, it's a discus tank and if the cardinals end up being food, well so be it.

    Thanks for reading and helping
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    Nice looking set up. I like the one strain look and you can't go wrong with turqs IOM. Looks like a billiant blue turk there as well. I had a difficut time keeping cardinals with discus as well; they see to get ticked off one by one. The rummy nose tetra seems to survive better with discus.

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    One of my discus, the greediest one is suffering from a mild swim bladder problem. It has to work to swim down (just a little).

    I've chucked it in my sump, away from feed. I hope that a couple of days of the feed might be enough to unblock it. What do you think? Temp is 30C ATM
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    I would add canned peas to their diet. Spirulina in their diet can also benefit some. I have used epsoms salt for constipation 1-3 teaspoons pre 5 gal. Maybe soak your pettets. Do not over feed.

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    You can go as high as 3 tbsp/10 gallons epsom salts for severe constipation. At that concentration you are best off getting into a small tank, that'd be a lot of epsom salt in a 6x2x2. Keep an eye on him, I had a discus get so bloated his side and pectoral fin dried out from being out of water. Took three days with 3 tbsp/10 gallon of epsom salt before he passed the blockage.

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    Thanks for the input guys. The fish is swimming nicely this morning. I think Ill give it another 24hr or so before feeding, just to really empty its guts. Then I will follow the suggestions above.

    Wow James that fish sounds very gassy, well done treating and recovering it. My fish was nothing like that, just has a slightly head down look to it when it wasn't moving and displayed a bit of a wobble when swimming down. Greedy idiot would not stop eating.

    I'm hopeful that this will sort it without meds, but if it continues I will scoot down and grab some epsom salts.

    Bluelagoon, I wonder if those spirulina gut loaded BS would have a laxative effect.
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    A varied diet with some kind of vegtable matter (fibre) will help with fish prone to constipation. You can buy flaked spirulina or if you make you own BH mix you can buy the powder form at a health food store; you can even eat some yourself. I have used the epsom salt before and it woprked like a charm. It purged the discus from both ends. Puking and pooping halibut roe shell casings (egg shells).They were too thick for them to digest. It took just a few hours in that case.

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